At the age of 76, his hunger for a political battle has once again brought him into the middle of the election campaign in Gujarat. When DailyExpertNews reminded him of the 75 age limit set by his own party for candidates, Pat replied, “Look at Joe Biden. He’s leading America at 80.”
Yogesh Patel, the BJP candidate from Manjalpur constituency in Vadodara, is contesting the parliamentary elections for the eighth time and claims that his “shit” (phrase) and “josh” (resilience) will see him through again, regardless of his advanced age.
In response to a question as to why his party was forced to relax its own stipulation and list a candidate aged 75 and over, Mr Patel said: “I have always been in close contact with the people, even in times when I was not member. MLA. That serves me well.”
The BJP candidate, an MLA for 32 years, claimed that he has always worked wholeheartedly for the people and will fight this election in earnest.
When asked to comment on the claims of the AAP and Congress candidates that they will be successful in Manjalpur this time around, Mr. Patel said, “Just wait for the results on 8th December.”
“I am pretty sure that the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) and the Congress candidates in my constituency will both lose their deposits,” a confident Mr Patel told DailyExpertNews as he campaigned from his open four-wheel drive that has kept him company ever since . his first campaign as a candidate three decades ago.
The BJP candidate elaborated on why he considers himself young at heart, saying that there are people in their 20s who would spend their time at home. “To me, that’s ‘getting older.’ Now look at Joe Biden. He’s running all of America at 80. So age doesn’t really count.”
He went on to say that maintaining punctuality in every aspect of life has kept him going for so long.
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